Casus Circus is recognised as a leader in contemporary circus on the international stage.
Casus Circus performances are rich in human connection, integrity, cultural diversity and precise, intelligent choreography. Acrobats fill the stage with momentum and stillness, with strength and fragility, and overwhelm audiences with breathless emotion that often leads to a silent theatre throughout the performance – followed by a standing ovation at the end.
Renowned for their aesthetic of delicately human circus, Casus Circus premier work Knee Deep is an international sensation. Performed in more than 24 countries, Knee Deep won numerous international accolades, including Best Circus & Physical Theatre 2016 Adelaide Fringe, and Best Circus & Physical Theatre Avignon 2015.
On the success of Knee Deep, Casus Circus have grown to an established touring company of 16 acrobats, making up three casts which tour internationally with the shows Knee Deep, Chasing Smoke, You & I, Driftwood and DNA.
Inclusion and diversity are at the forefront of all their work, giving light and energy to stories that are often absent from our stages, or heavily stereotyped. The company is one of the most diverse in Australia, with more than 70 per cent of the company non-Caucasian, and strong representation from the LGBTIQX community. Casus also subverts gender normative stereotypes, with women demonstrating strength and basing complex balances, and men exploring delicate styles and moving with intimacy and finesse.
Originating in Brisbane, the three co-founders (Jesse Scott, Lachlan Macaulay, and Natano Fa’anana) remain company members and close friends. Their home-town values of humanity, friendship and connection flow throughout the company and their performances. It is this that forms the backbone of Casus Circus signature style.
Off stage, Casus Circus actively work to maintain their human connections through community engagement, education, and collaboration alongside their performance works.